Thursday, August 19, 2010

the best bagels EVER!!

owen and i had loads of fun making bagels today. in fact, he insists we eat them for dinner!! he put all the measurements in and helped to mix it, and we continued to check on the dough as it was rising. i just finished cooking them (while he is asleep), and i think it is the best bagel i have ever had!!! super fresh, yet toasty on the outside!!

the recipe says it makes 12 bagels, but i found it to make 6. (i guess ours are jumbo bagels) we had many options suggested for type, but we went with 3 flavors ->cinnamon raisin, garlic, and butterscotch chip. Y-U-M!!!! i am disappointed we will eat them up all today. next time i would make a double batch to make them last a little longer!

i videoed owen "instructing" how to make bagels. to my surprise he remembered most of the steps. unfortunately it's not uploading well to blogger [today]. maybe another day will be different, but for now, here is how you make homemade bagels:

1 T dry yeast (about 2 packets)
3 T sugar
1 t salt
1 C warm water

add until kneadable:
3 C flour

turn onto lightly floured surface and knead until elastic (8-10 min). place in greased bowl and turn over so top of dough is also greased. cover with towel and let rise in warm place 30-40 min. punch dough down. separate into 12 pieces. shape into balls and work in "flavors", if desired. stick your thumb through to make bagel shape. let bagels rise 20 min. put 2-3 bagels at a time in a large pot of boiling water with 1 T oil added. let rise to top, and turn over. remove and sprinkle with salt, and more of your "flavors" if desired. bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 400 degrees F for 15-20 min until brown on bottom.

"flavors": minced onion, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, chopped fruits such as apple, raisin blueberries, banana, etc. chocolate/peanut butter/butterscotch chip

whole wheat bagels: use half whole wheat flour and half white flour.

***with kids, our dough raised for a couple hrs. i made the dough before reading the rest of the instructions and then got weary when i saw it might be much work. it was soo simple!! the boiling part was almost instant. in fact, i left the bagels for a little bit b/c it went right to the top. these truely are fantastic and don't take much ingredient or time wise. as long as you can find time to let the dough rise you are good! let me know if you try it out and what you think!!!

this recipe was taken from my new cookbook, the wycliffe international cookbook. can't believe i almost didn't buy it!!! i have used it several times this week and am absolutely in love!!!

1 comment:

  1. Homemade bagels sound yummie! I volunteer to sample them anytime, to make sure they are good...